Agricultural Workforce Development Program
The Agricultural Workforce Development Program provides incentives to agricultural businesses, including farms and ranches, to hire interns. Qualified businesses may be reimbursed up to 50% of the actual cost of hiring an intern, not to exceed $5,000 per internship. The Program is the result of legislation introduced during the 2018 Colorado General Assembly by the Young and Beginning Farmers Interim Study Committee, aimed at providing hands-on educational opportunities for individuals aspiring to a future career in agriculture.
Approximately $40,000 is available for internships through June 30, 2019. Qualified internships must include at least 130 hours of work experience and provide a focused learning opportunity for the intern. The Department will accept applications from businesses interested in participating in the Program until February 15, 2019.